Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi


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Road to Recovery

Super heroes

Just a funny photo from a fun run a while ago. Me and Superman (and Robin)

What’s that saying again?  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, something like that.

I’m trying to remain optimistic in light of my body working against me.  To start off the new year I developed extensor tendonitis in my foot (no running), then I was plagued with two migraines in two weeks (real ones too, I’ve been cursed with those since I was 12 but they still catch me off guard and knock me off my feet for a good day) and then earlier in the week I had some serious neck/upper back muscle spasm thing going on (no swimming no weights no yoga).  The icing on the cake was all the warm weather we had that turned my ski trails into pure ice (no skiing).

Rather than looking at this in a negative light and feeling sorry for myself, although I do like a good pity party complete with pomegranate martinis, I’ve decided that there must be a reason.  Either A) it’s my body’s way of dealing with issues all at once to get them out of the way so I can really hit the ground running.  Or B) it’s the universe telling me I need a little break as 2013 was a good and busy year and I need some rest.  I’m sure it is likely the universe as it’s always sending me messages and conspiring for my greater good because the world and universe do revolve around me and what’s best just for me – ha – not likely!

Regardless, I like to reflect on such things (while walking the dog) and I’ve realized that I do occasionally need to be reminded of how grateful I should be when I have my health and can run my guts out or at least completely tire Kobi out (more so the latter).

I have also been reading about how a few other bloggers I follow (Prairie Princess Runners and Motivation) have been dealing with injuries so it isn’t something unique just to me.  That helps put things into perspective and probably suggests that it isn’t really ‘B’, the universe having an intervention for just my sake.  But more like, stuff happens and it’s never a good time, but you have to deal with it and that’s life.  Also, never take anything for granted.

Onwards and upwards!

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We’re Having a Heat Wave!

sunrise

This is what the sky looked like Saturday AM

It all started Tuesday night.  The forecast noted a wind warning and warmer temperatures.  They were right.  The wind was brutal and it was even raining horizontal for a while.  The temperature jumped to +7C that night.

Since the windstorm it has been unseasonably warm.  Like +5C (with lows to -5C).  It’s forecasted to stay warm all next week too.  This is one long Chinook.

Monday night, prior to the heat wave, I had a moonlight run on the community trail.  Of course it was cold that night (-17C).  Kobi loved it and we were the only ones out there.  We did come across some snow angels though.  No photos as I didn’t have any pockets to put any digital gear in.

I haven’t run since Monday as I’ve been having some weird foot issues.  It started earlier in the month and I had hoped it would just go away, but it hasn’t.  The top of my foot hurts between the ankles.

I’ve been doing some Google research and have self-diagnosed myself with extensor tendonitis.  I’m going to see a physiotherapist on Monday when I’m out of town for work as we don’t have a physiotherapist where I live.  We also don’t have a veterinarian (more for Kobi than me), but I digress.  I shall see what the physio dude thinks.

Skiing doesn’t seem to bother my foot much so I’m doing that.  Thank goodness because Kobi goes a little loco when she doesn’t get run lots (as do I).    We did have a lovely long snowshoe Saturday afternoon as walking doesn’t hurt (no wildlife encounters).

dog in the back of a car

Kobi after our ski in +5C. This is her I-don’t-want-to-go-home-face.

Well, I’m off for another ski as it is a balmy +4C already and Kobi is (un)patiently waiting for me…